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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 11-23-2012 11:21 PM 646 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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11-23-2012 11:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak

I managed to score a couple of slabs from a White Oak tree that had been cut down for about a year. The two slabs are approx 16 inches across x 2 inches thick.

My goal is to make lazy Susans out of them. They are pretty even so a few minutes with the belt sander should be all that is needed.

My question is what should I do about the newly fresh cuts? I have seen some insect holes so should I treat the wood in some sort of way or ….

I guess my plan is to simply give them a good coating of dewaxed shellac and call it a done deal.

I also have some smaller pieces to make candle holders and holders for salt and pepper, etc.

Your thoughts appreciated. I have never dealt with wood straight off the vine! :-)

Thanks
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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#1 posted 11-24-2012 01:15 AM

You should seal the end grain to slow moisture escape. Anything you have should help. I use old paint, but shellac, varnish or poly will work. If its been down for a year you can store it inside.

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#2 posted 11-24-2012 02:44 AM

If you have an electric oven that is large enough, I would reccomend baking it in the oven at the lowest tempurture that you can for two hours. That will be kiln dry and will kill any bugs or bug eggs.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 02:51 AM

@oluf – I can do that. Thanks.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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